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Harry Bertoia

Contemporary Art

Coming to Detroit at an early age, Harry Bertoia first learned jewelry making and later studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he remained after graduation to head the metalworking department. Bertoia created large-scale public-sculpture commissions as well as small-scale decorative pieces such as Bush, which demonstrates his early training in jewelry and fine metalworking. Although abstract, Bush evokes an underwater creature or a dandelion plant that has lost its fuzzy spores.

MEDIUM Bronze, dark red and green patina
DATES ca. 1975
DIMENSIONS 15 × 19 × 14 in., 29.5 lb. (38.1 × 48.3 × 35.6 cm, 13.38kg)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Harry Bertoia (American, born Italy, 1915–1978). Bush, ca. 1975. Bronze, dark red and green patina, 15 × 19 × 14 in., 29.5 lb. (38.1 × 48.3 × 35.6 cm, 13.38kg). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden, 1996.150.7. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.150.7_transp5592.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1996.150.7_transp5592.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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